Former "X Factor" U.K. finalist Olly Murs has announced that in 2013,he is headlining another U.K. arena tour and that his third U.K. album will be released sometime before the tour launches. He made the announcement on April 17, 2012, on his official website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The announced tour dates so far are in the U.K., but a posting on Murs' websitesays that tour dates in Ireland will be added.
Here are tour dates announced so far:
March 2, 2013:Sheffield, England - Motorpoint Arena
March 3, 2013:Nottingham, England - Capital FM Arena
March 5, 2013:Brighton, England - Brighton Centre
March 8, 2013:Bournemouth, England - Bournemouth Internaitonal Centre
March 10, 2013:London, England - Wembley Arena
March 12, 2013:Birmingham, England - LG Arena
March 12, 2013: Liverpool, England - Liverppol Echo Arena
March 15, 2013:Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
March 15, 2013:Aberdeen , Scotland - ECC
March 21, 2013:Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
March 23, 2013:Newcastle, England - Newcastle Arena
March 25, 2013:Cardiff, Wales - Motorpoint Arena
March 29, 2013:London, England - O2 Arena
Pre-sale tickets are available as of April 18, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m. British Summer Time. General-sale tickets are available as of April 20, 2012 at 9 a.m. British Summer Time. Tickets can be purchased at www.bookingsdirect.com or by calling the 24-hour hotline number (0844 338 0000) or the venue's box office.
Murs came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2009, and he has since had several No. 1 hits in the U.K.
Murs is aiming for a breakthrough in North America. He is the opening act for One Direction headlining 2012 North American tour. His first U.S. single, "Heart Skips a Beat" (featuring Rizzle Kicks), will be released in the U.S. sometime in the summer of 2012.Murs' first U.S. album is expected to be "In Case You Didn't Know," which is actually his second U.K. album. His self-titled first U.K. album was released in 2010. "In Case You Didn't Know" was released in the U.K. in November 2011. The U.S. release date is to be announced.
Murs and One Direction have the same management company (Modest Management) and the same U.S. record label (Syco Music/Columbia Records).
Because of the tour with One Direction, Murs (who co-hosts "The Xtra Factor" with Caroline Flack) will not be able to attend "The X Factor" U.K. auditions in 2012. However, he will join Flack in co-hosting "The Xtra Factor" when "The X Factor" U.K. live episodes for 2012 begin in October.
In other news about Murs, he performed at the MTV Presents Titanic Sounds concert on April 13, 2012, at the Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland. Pixie Lott, Rizzle Kicks and Sean Paul also performed at the concert, which MTV U.K. will premiere on May 5, 2012.